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German Pronunciation (II)

Diphthongs:
There are only four main sounds of diphthongs (double-sounds) in German, which are listed in the following table. Note that some diphthongs (e.g. 'ai') can be written in different ways in different words even though they sound exactly the same.

sound/ letter: German ExamplesEnglish Examples
ai, eiLaie, Reisefly, Ryan
aulaut, faulloud, foul
eu, äuEuropa, Häuserboy, royal
ieLiebe, riesiglike long i on previous page


Consonant-Combinations:
Like in English, we have some sounds in German that are spelled by using two or more consonants. Those are:

sound/ letter: German ExamplesEnglish Examples
soft chMilch, ichnon-existent in English
hard chlachen, Dachnon-existent in English
ckpicken, Klickpick, check
ngTrennung, Klingeswimming, meeting
schschwimmen, mischenshop, flash
ssKuss, Fasskiss, bless



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